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We have a reciprocal arrangement with Effingham Bridge Club whereby, members can play (Duplicate) on Friday evenings(except Bank Holidays), at the Catholic Church Hall, Lower Road Effingham, Surrey KT24 5UP at 7.30.p.m.   Table money only, currently £2  per session.

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The End of the Pier??

              Fire on Eastbourne Pier

A devastating fire ripped through Eastbourne Pier, destroying part of the historic structure yesterday. Thick black smoke could be seen for miles after the fire started towards the entrance of the 144-year-old, Grade II*-listed landmark. The fierce blaze began on the part of the pier housing amusement arcade attractions and came at the height of the all-important summer tourist season for the East Sussex resort. As dawn broke over Eastbourne seafront this morning, a charred metal shell was all that remained of the dome-shaped arcade which has, for decades, stood proudly on the town's famous pier.

Sussex Police have said the pier was quickly evacuated, no-one was trapped and the fire was not believed to be suspicious 'at this time'. David Tutt, leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said he understood that the fire had been started by an electrical fault. He said it appeared firefighters had managed to save two-thirds of the pier. “Our understanding is the fire appears to have started in wall panelling, which would lead you to believe it was electrical,” he said.

               

Operation: Firefighters continued to douse the structure with water this morning, as photos emerged showing the full extent of the devastation caused the by the blaze

Tourists and locals thronged the beach and promenade to watch the pier gradually become engulfed in flames. Late last night, people massed on the beach to witness the scale of the damage which emerged after the smoke cleared. All that remained was a blackened metal shell on the worst-hit area of the pier. The sea-end section of the structure appeared to be unaffected by the blaze. The RNLI said lifeboats from Eastbourne, Hastings and Newhaven were sent to the pier to help firefighters tackle the blaze. It was eventually brought under control shortly before 8pm, the fire service said. 

 

In a fortnight, the resort hosts its biggest tourist event - the annual Airbourne air show on the seafront, which draws tens of thousands of visitors. Debbie Leach, 46, watched from the beach as the flames engulfed the attraction, and said: 'I'm really sad, I could cry. It's devastating to see this happen, particularly so close to Airbourne. I just cannot believe it.' Eastbourne Pier has a large number of attractions, including an arcade, cafe bar, tea rooms and Atlantis nightclub.

Eastbourne Pier fire

Sussex has been cursed by the devastation of some of its beloved piers in recent times. In 2003, the 148-year-old West Pier in Brighton was reduced to a mangled mass of metal by two major blazes within two months. And in Eastbourne's neighbouring town of Hastings, the Grade II-listed pier there was almost destroyed in a fire in 2010 following years of neglect by its then Panama registered owner. Efforts are now well under way to restoring Hastings Pier after more than £13 million was secured mainly though the Heritage Lottery Fund. Elsewhere in the country, Southend Pier in Essex, the longest pleasure pier in the world at 7,080ft (2,156m), was badly damaged by a blaze in 2005. A previous fire damaged it in 1976. And Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare was badly damaged by a blaze in 2008

 

It would be sad if such iconic landmarks of our past were to disappear. Here is a picture of passengers landing on Eastbourne Pier after a boat cruise in 1936. The paddle steamers took passengers to destinations including Folkestone, Sandown, Brighton, Hastings and even as far afield as Boulogne in France.

History: Passengers landing on Eastbourne Pier after a boat cruise in 1936. The paddle steamers took passengers to destinations including Folkestone, Sandown, Brighton, Hastings and even as far afield as Boulogne in France

There was little opportunity for cruising last night at the Oxshott Bridge Club as 12 full Tables contested our regular Club Night. You can read all about the evening's play in the Report by clicking on the "News" tab in the Menu to the left of this box. Alternatively you can study the full Leaderboard and the individual Travellers by clicking on the "Latest Result" button at the top right of this page. Now all the Competition statistics have been updated to include even last night's results. You can access this section by clicking on the "Competitions" in the Menu to the left of this page, and clicking through the various Competitions listed. We are 10 months through the Year on our Premier Individual Competition - the Master Points Competition - and there is quite a battle going on for the top places. Therezinha Gold, Annemie Bisgood and Edwin Jones are currently tightly grouped in Third, Fourth and Fifth places; but Elisa Money lies +22 points ahead in Second place with 216 points, and Mike Mulligan holds First place with 236 points. There are still two more months to play!!

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Gail Norman                     Susan Sadler
                                            

Meets at Oxshott Village Centre, Holmwood Road, Oxshott KT22 0QL
Duplicate Bridge on Wednesday Evenings at 7.30 p.m.
Rubber Bridge (except Bank Holidays) every Monday at 1.30 p.m.

If you would like to attend as a prospective Member or as a Guest, please call our Secretary, Susan Sadler, on 01932 589842 to make arrangements.
Top Scores achieved during 2013/14 at Oxshott
Congratulations to all those Members who have achieved "Outstanding Scores" during the last Club Year. Now clearly you need to receive some good cards, and it helps if your opposition are generous in defending against your contract; but the fundamental essential to qualifying for our Table is BASIC SKILL at Duplicate Bridge. You have to achieve at least 65% on the final Leaderboard - and all 17 Pairings in the Table have exceeded this target. But three out of the 17 have broken through the 70% ceiling to record a truly "Outstanding Score"!! You can see the full Table of Top Scores by clicking on the "Competitions" tab in the Menu to the left of this page.
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